Speaking to a National Rifle Association conference in Dallas, Texas yesterday, Donald Trump said that ‘in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a […] hospital right in the middle is like a war zone for horrible stab wounds’. The US President has been criticised for appearing to suggest that relaxing gun laws could act as a deterrent for stabbings in the UK capital.
A leading London trauma surgeon claimed it was ‘ridiculous’ to say more guns could fix the issue. However, he admitted to the BBC last month that there was a huge stabbing problem with his hospital, the one referred to by President Trump, treating stab wounds ‘on a daily basis’. Dr Griffiths went on to say that ’13, 14, 15 year olds are daily occurrences, knife and gun wounds’ in the hospital.
A total of 38 people have lost their lives to knife crime so far in London in 2018. Trumps comments follow the news as the city’s murder rate has overtaken New York’s so far this year.
Donald Trump is set to visit the UK in July after previously cancelling a visit due to threat of protests.